Injured in a Distracted Driving Accident?

Distracted Driving Accidents in Long Island, NY

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

In today's technologically advanced society, there are a multitude of ways in which a driver can distract themselves while behind the wheel and cause a car accident. From talking on a cell phone and texting to utilizing a navigation system, it is no surprise that distracted driving accidents occur at an astounding rate across the country. According to the statistics that have been compiled by the U.S. Government's website for distracted driving, nearly 3,100 people are killed each year at the hands of a distracted driver, while another 416,000 are seriously injured.

This means that approximately 18% of all collisions resulting in an injury are caused by distracted driving practices and that nearly 1.6 million accidents can be prevented annually by paying attention to the road. Although new laws have been implemented in nearly every state of the U.S. which ban the use of cell phones while driving, people continue to put themselves, and others, at risk when they decided to text and drive or carry on a conversation while navigating through congested roadways.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three mains types of distraction: visual, manual and cognitive. Unfortunately, most distracted driving practices involve all three. For example, if a driver decides to input data into a navigation system while driving, they are not only taking their eyes off of the road, but they are taking their hands off of the wheel and applying their attention to something other than the road in front of them. As such, it is no surprise that 1 in 3 drivers report that they feel less safe while behind the wheel than they did five years ago—the reason being the much greater prevalence of distracted drivers out on the road. When a careless individual decides to endanger themselves and anyone else in the vicinity, they have also inadvertently taken on the responsibility of paying for the subsequent damage that they cause. For this reason, if you or a loved one has been injured in this type of car accident, it is important to understand that you have legal rights. As such, you should waste no time in speaking to a Long Island personal injury attorney after an accident.

Taking the Right Steps after a Collision

If you are ever involved in a distracted driving accident, you must remember to take a few simple steps—as doing so could mean the difference between recovering compensation for your injuries and suffering the consequences alone. First, it is important to take pictures of the scene of the accident, including any damage that was done to your vehicle and the other driver's vehicle, as well as of any injuries that you have sustained. By snapping a few quick pictures with your cell phone, you will have undisputable physical evidence. Secondly, do not hesitate to speak to any witnesses and gather their contact information for future reference. In the event that the other party makes false allegations about how the accident really happened, you will have at least one other person on your side to corroborate the truth. Finally, seek medical attention immediately. Your health should be your top priority, so regardless of how minor your injuries may be, you should be checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible after the accident.

Will I need to hire a Long Island personal injury attorney?

In the wake of a serious accident, you may be faced with piling medical bills, the inability to return to work and the inability to transport yourself from one place to another. If someone else was responsible for causing the accident in which you were injured, you should not hesitate to pursue the compensation that you will need to cover these expenses. As such, it is important to enlist the help of a Long Island personal injury lawyer right away and review the circumstances of your accident. By consulting with a legal professional from The Odierno Law Firm, P.C., you can rest assured that your best interests will be kept in mind throughout the entire process and that we will do whatever we can to assist you in pursuing the monetary compensation that you deserve.

Get started today by calling our office directly for a free case evaluation immediately. There is no time to waste in the aftermath of a distracted driving accident, as evidence could be lost, so take action today with the help of our firm.

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  • $1.2 Million Dollar Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff was driving his motor vehicle straight when defendant, who was legally drunk, crossed over a divider and struck the plaintiff's car head on. Plaintiff was the only occupant in the car and died instantly. Plaintiff had dependent wife and teenage son.

  • $1.6 Million Dollar Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 50 year old man who was doing repair work on a residential residence in Suffolk County. He was on a ladder when several bricks in the patio supporting the ladder gave way causing him to fall to the ground. The homeowner was negligent due to the improper construction and maintenance of the brick patio. Plaintiff suffered injuries to his pelvis, back, neck and legs and is disabled from future work.

  • $175,000 UM Arbitration

    Plaintiff is a 65 year old man who was injured when walking to his car parked on the street in front of a house he was visiting. Plaintiff was struck and knocked to the ground by an unidentified driver. Plaintiff reported the accident to the police and sought evaluation at the hospital. Plaintiff did not treat for one month after the accident as he was suffering from unrelated physical ailments. When plaintiff did seek treatment it was determined he suffered a torn ligament in his hip. Plaintiff’s doctor opined that the only remedy was surgery and plaintiff was not a candidate because of his COPD. Defendant contested the validity of the occurrence as well as the causation of the injury. Defendant cited the plaintiff’s previous injuries and accidents claiming his hip injury was a consequence of prior falls as well related to his history of arthritis.

  • $200,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff was a 26 year old male who died during a house fire occurring in Suffolk County. The defendant, who is the owner of the house admitted that she could not credibly testify the smoke detectors were operational as they were not checked regularly. Defendant home owner also admitted that the batteries used in the smoke detectors were never changed to her knowledge. Counsel for the defendant alleged that the plaintiff engaged in culpable conduct in the origin and subsequent spreading of the fire. Counsel also attempted to limit damages by emphasizing plaintiff did not have any dependents.

  • $250,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 32 year old woman who was driving her motor vehicle and stopped at a red light when her car was struck in the rear by another motor vehicle. Plaintiff suffered horizontal tears of the anterior horns of the medial and lateral menisci of the right knee with traumatic chondromalacia. Plaintiff's injuries necessitated multiple injections to her right knee as well as two arthroscopic surgeries.

    Plaintiff's surgeon opined that a total knee replacement is a possibility as plaintiff ages because her injuries will exacerbate the normal degenerative changes. Defendant argued that Plaintiff made a full recovery as she was able to return to work without limiting the scope of her duties.

  • $250,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 54 year old woman who was exiting her motor vehicle when she slipped and fell on ice and snow in defendant's parking lot. Plaintiff sustained a fracture of her left ankle requiring surgery. Defendant claimed that they plowed, sanded and salted the parking in a reasonable manner and furthermore plaintiff did not suffer any residual limitations from the injury and resulting surgery.

  • $250,000 Settlement During Trial

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 62 year old male who experienced car trouble on a busy highway at 9:00 p.m. He proceeded to pull off to the side of the roadway and open the hood. As he was standing in front of his car working under the hood the defendant was driving his motor vehicle and did not see plaintiff's car.

    Defendant struck the plaintiff's stopped car in the rear causing plaintiff to be catapulted ten feet into the air. Plaintiff landed on the roadway and suffered a severely herniated disc at L4-L5 requiring him to wear a hard back brace at all times. Defendant claims plaintiff was responsible for the accident as plaintiff did not maintain any lights or warning that his car was stopped and encroaching into a traffic lane.

  • $295,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 43 year old women who was driving her motor vehicle which was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff suffered thoracic and lumbar herniated discs requiring a posterolateral spinal fusion at T11 – L2, segmental pedicle fixation at T11-L2 and an iliac crest bone graft. Defendant conceded liability but claimed the injury was degenerative as there was no visible damage to the motor vehicle plaintiff was operating.

  • $300,000 Settlement During Trial

    Facts: The plaintiff is a 38 year old male who was stopped in traffic when his vehicle was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff was awarded summary judgment on liability and the matter proceeded to trial on damages. The plaintiff suffered a lumbar herniated disc requiring a fusion and laminectomy.

    Defendant claimed that the plaintiff's injury was not related to the accident as he suffers from severe Ehlers Danlos syndrome. Defendant also obtained surveillance footage of plaintiff working at a construction site carrying various heavy objects. Case settled after jury selection and before opening statements.

  • $350,000 Trial Verdict

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 33 year old male driving his motorcycle straight when the defendant attempted to make a right turn and struck the side of plaintiff's motorcycle. Defendant claimed he followed a turn arrow and that the plaintiff rode through a steady red light. Defendant also claimed that according to plaintiff's own doctors he made an excellent recovery and suffered no restrictions.

    Plaintiff suffered a fracture of his right tibia and fibula requiring surgery. Defendant was found to be 100% liable at trial and offered a $100,000 settlement. Plaintiff refused the offer and obtained a jury verdict.


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